10 December 2018

Glengoyne 21yo

Let’s talk about Glengoyne. It’s often compared with GlenDronach in the sherrybomb league, but it hasn’t quite reached the popularity like GlenDronach did last years. GlenDronach was one of the whiskies we started our journey with. Mostly because it was widely available at a great price point, and incredibly delicious. Glengoyne has never be on our radar until many years later. In fact, I haven’t personally owned a bottle of Glengoyne, until this year.

My first experience was with their Cask Strength, I didn’t expect too much, but I was pleasantly surprised. Then I bought a sample of their 21yo (quite a leap, I know). And I compared it with GlenDronach 21yo Parliament. Both were great, but also very different. I realized that Glengoyne isn’t just another Highland sherrybomb, it truly stands on its own and isn’t easy to replace. Glengoyne was more exotic, vibrant and tropical. Let’s see what I wrote down my notes in two sessions. One in comparison with GD21 and one on its own, then I put it all together:

Tasting notes


Fruity and juicy, a candy-like sweetness, kiwi, red fruits, minerals, peaches, dried strawberries and a malty sweetness.


Soft and well balanced, a bit exotic with notes of strawberry and pistachio (almost like the old Linkwood 15 bottling by G&M), pencil shavings, kiwi, apricots and some drier notes of wood and raisins.


The finish is long, juicy, fruity and woody. Peanuts, warming spices, lightly tropical, sugar cane, barley and a drying hint of raisins. Feels very vibrant, but mature nonetheless.

Beautiful and at a great price point! I look forward to reviewing the other expressions of Glengoyne I bought: the 10yo and 18yo. Let’s discuss, what’s your experience with Glengoyne, and do you have a favourite?